Dimapur, June 25: Following the release of the India TB report 2020 by the Union Health Minister where Nagaland State TB program was awarded the 2nd best performing position in the small state category of the NTEP 2019, ARK Foundation has lauded the state TB program under the flag ship program of NHM, Nagaland.
TB elimination is a Global SDG strategy adopted by head of states in many conferences and declaration where India is also a party to the fight against TB. India has ambitiously set its national target of ending TB by 2025, which is 5 years ahead of the global target and has changed its nomenclature to NTEP from RNTCP.
ARK Foundation also attended the WHO ministerial meet at Moscow, Russia, during the month of Nov 2017, where the Head of States, WHO and Key Global Leaders including Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, all echoed the same tune to END TB by 2030. It was also during this time that India represented by former Union Health Minister J P Nadda, announced the India TB elimination plan.
Towards this, plans were being formulated for states to adopt those strategies and implement to “END TB”. It is in these lines that the Nagaland State TB program has worked upon.
ARK Foundation, therefore lauded the effort given in by the program and further urged the program to reach greater heights.
ARK Foundation also asked upon the state program to continue the effort by strengthening the TB/HIV correlation, ensuring mass awareness, better diagnostics and treatment and plan to also include 3HP for TB prevention in its upcoming plans.
ARK Foundation, is an advocacy group that work towards holding the program and the Government accountable for failures on the TB, HIV and Viral Hepatitis Program in the state and Nationally. Despite being a critic for accountability and transparency, ARK Foundation also believes and practices the principle of “Credit should be given where it is due”. (Page News Service)